Antonio Conte says he’ll sit down with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy on the finish of the season after branding hypothesis linking him with the Paris St Germain job as “pretend information”.
Conte mentioned reviews in France and Italy this week suggesting he was fascinated with changing Mauricio Pochettino on the Ligue 1 membership have been “lies”. However he would nonetheless not commit his future to Spurs. As an alternative, he’ll wait till the end result of a gathering with chairman Daniel Levy and managing director of soccer Fabio Paratici on the finish of the season to find out the “finest answer”.
That seems to hinge on whether or not Spurs are prepared to match his ambition of difficult for the highest honours. And Conte made it clear he has no want for an additional battle simply to get into the highest 4.
Tottenham boss Conte has been questioned many occasions already on whether or not he could be on the membership subsequent season and is remaining steadfast.
“I feel that on this second it’s vital to be targeted. I’ve been requested this many occasions and I’ve already answered,” he mentioned.
“If you happen to return, my reply is at all times the identical and my reply remains to be the identical. To have one other reply just isn’t helpful for anybody.
“I at all times answered this query previously. My opinion didn’t change, my ideas didn’t change, my ambition didn’t change. I’m the identical.
“On the finish of the season we communicate with the membership however with pleasure, in a very great way. To talk and attempt to discover the very best answer for everyone.
“This must be clear, this. I repeat – don’t neglect I wish to have ambition. Not solely to combat for a spot in Champions League or a spot within the Europa League. I feel that, truthfully, I need to combat for way more, you perceive? For way more. I feel additionally I deserve to do that.
“What are our ambitions for the longer term? It will be essential, as a result of I feel that I need to attempt to combat for and to win trophies. And to combat for one thing vital, not for less than sixth or seventh, eighth place, or when you’ve got a unbelievable season, fourth place. Solely this.
“However I repeat that is my ambition. And you will need to perceive and absolutely match the ambition on the time that we want it.”
It’s unlikely that, it doesn’t matter what assurances he will get from the membership, Spurs will likely be able to problem Manchester Metropolis or Liverpool for the title subsequent season.
So one other key issue will likely be whether or not the 52-year-old Italian – a supervisor who has not remained at earlier golf equipment for an prolonged interval – has the endurance for a long-term venture.
“I repeat it will likely be essential to know how a lot time we have to combat for one thing vital if now we have the endurance to attend as a result of for positive it is a course of,” added Conte, whose facet are at present fifth within the Premier League forward of Sunday’s go to of Leicester.
“I at all times say to you that we want time and endurance. And now we have to know how a lot time we want and the way a lot endurance now we have.
“That is the one focus no, the main target, no? We’ve got to know this and to know if we will match my opinion and membership opinion.
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“I repeat I’m having fun with so much to work right here. I’ve a unbelievable relationship with all of the individuals who work right here and with Levy our chairman and Fabio Paratici and for that reason it’s proper to on the finish (of the season) to have a very good assembly, a non-public assembly, and to attempt to discover the very best answer for everyone.”
Becoming a member of PSG in the summertime would definitely give him the prospect to problem for silverware. However Conte says there may be nothing in that hypothesis.
Conte mentioned: “Clearly I feel that it’s good that different golf equipment respect my work. That is one factor. However the fact is that I don’t prefer it when individuals attempt to invent information. Solely to talk, solely to create issues.
“This isn’t proper, not honest for me, for the golf equipment concerned and for my gamers.
“However I feel that additionally the those that need to inform one thing about this have to indicate respect for all of the individuals concerned on this scenario, and never invent pretend information and inform numerous lies.
“On this scenario, who works in soccer – gamers or managers – know very properly that at this level of the season, numerous pretend information begins to exit.”
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